ATL grades while awarded as a number, are so much more meaningful than just that. All assessments and all assessment grades must have a purpose and enhance learning. The aim of ATL grades is to aid students in understanding the behaviours that underpin being an engaged, ambitious, and successful learner.
In the last week of this half-term, all students were provided ATL reflection tables for each subject and were guided through a reflection process, considering their attitude to learning in each subject, identifying behaviours that are strengths and those they need to develop. This reflective process culminated in students writing a short reflection piece detailing their targets for the coming half-term as well as making a prediction of what their ATL for each subject will be.
The data gathered from this process will be analyzed by teachers to detect trends and student perceptions and will inform whole school initiatives to improve pupils’ attitudes to learning and drive forward academic, social, and emotional progress. It is vital students have a positive and supportive attitude to learning first, to ensure that impactful and rapid learning can take place.
Many students, especially in Secondary School, struggle with the ‘fear of failure’. They become focused on the grade, rather than the feedback they receive. A simple number of letters is indicative of performance at one point in time and while useful for tracking progress, alone it will help not students develop and improve their practice.